• Influential group of MPs demand action over lack of apprenticeship assessment organisations

    Government apprenticeship policies have come in for stern criticism in a new report by MPs, that insisted standards should have at least one approved assessment organisation in place before they’re delivered. The sub-committee on education, skills and the economy, formed from the education and business select committees, gave a total of 36 conclusions and recommendations

    0.01 Mar. 31st, 2017 | News

  • Ofqual boss: lack of end point assessment organisations is 'not irresponsible'

    Ofqual’s chief regulator has said it’s “not irresponsible” for apprenticeships to be launched without an organisation in place to deliver the final exam. Speaking at FE Week’s Annual Apprenticeship Conference this morning (March 24), Sally Collier (pictured above) also said she “didn’t know” if having just half of approved standards with end point assessment organisation

    13.03 Mar. 24th, 2017 | News

  • Panel debates end-point assessment and RoATP

    Concerns about quality and the impact of reforms on social mobility dominated the panel debate of FE and skills sector leaders at the Annual Apprenticeship Conference. Dame Asha Khemka DBE, principal of West Nottinghamshire College and a member of the board of the Institute for Apprenticeship, called for the sector to “work together to find

    18.00 Mar. 24th, 2017 | News

  • Exclusive: Third largest awarding organisation pulls out of apprenticeship market

    Awarding giant OCR has delivered a major blow to the government’s reforms programme by pulling out of delivering final apprenticeship exams altogether, FE Week can reveal. The exam board was previously listed on register of apprentice assessment organisations, as an end-point assessor for the level four network engineer and software developer standards. But an OCR

    17.22 Mar. 6th, 2017 | News

  • Rule change could price assessors out of running apprenticeship exams

    It might not be financially viable for awarding bodies to run end-point assessment exams, after it emerged that they will be forced to base their costs on deals negotiated with employers without their say-so. New rules coming into force in May will set the cost of final apprenticeship exams at a fifth of the overall

    15.10 Feb. 24th, 2017 | News

  • Employers in three sectors to grade their own apprentices

    Employers in the retail, hospitality and travel sectors are actively preparing to exploit a loophole that will allow them to grade their own apprentices, FE Week can exclusively reveal. Our findings have caused concerns that the independence of end-point assessments is being seriously compromised. The rules, which will be upheld by the new Institute for

    10.10 Feb. 17th, 2017 | News

  • IfA to charge assessment organisations for quality assurance

    The Institute for Apprenticeships will charge apprenticeship assessment organisations for external quality assurance of new standards – despite Ofqual keeping the service free. Speaking during a webinar on Monday (January 6), Peter Lauener, shadow chief executive of the IfA, said that it was acceptable for the Institute to charge for the service because “the principle of

    18.07 Feb. 7th, 2017 | News

  • Large drop in number of standards lacking end-point assessors

    The proportion of learners on apprenticeship standards without an approved assessment organisation is dropping rapidly, according to new figures. Statistics published in October showed 42 per cent of all starts (1,790 out of 4,240) until July had no assessment organisation to choose from – a situation that former top skills civil servant Dr Sue Pember

    10.30 Jan. 27th, 2017 | News

  • Race on to approve assessors in time for apprentices finishing in March

    Fresh concerns have been raised about endpoint tests on apprenticeships, after an FE Week investigation found learners who will finish in March on a new standard without any officially approved awarding organisation. Global insurance company Aon has confirmed this to be the case for the first wave of students taking its level three insurance practitioner

    10.06 Nov. 4th, 2016 | News